Fw: Drug War Chronicle in 2005

Preston Peet ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Wed Jan 19 12:50:58 EST 2005

Drug War Chronicle in 2005Hi all,
    Yes, I know, it looks like I'm bleating about myself while beating my 
own drum, but this is definitely a first for me (well, that's not surprising 
considering it's my first book anyway) and so cool that I had to share. My 
book is being offered as an incentive by DRCNet to draw in donations. That 
is one of the coolest things I could think of to have happen (other than for 
that magic "hey, yer a best selling multi-millionaire now- what book would 
you like to be paid lots of money to write now?" and "another agent called 
seeking to represent you." Those would also be very cool of course and rank 
pretty high up on my "how cool is that" list.)

>As a special encouragement, we are offering an exciting new incentive: 
>Donate $40 or more once, or $10 or more per month, and receive a 
>complimentary copy of Under The Influence: The Disinformation Guide to 
>Drugs, edited by Preston Peet, an engaging collection of 49 essays about 
>the drug war, including two by Drug War Chronicle's own Phil Smith. Click 
>here to read the Drug War Chronicle review of Under The Influence.<

see the rest below.


Peace and love,
Preston Peet

"Madness is not enlightenment, but the search for enlightenment is often 
mistaken for madness"
Richard Davenport-Hines

ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Editor http://www.drugwar.com
Editor "Under the Influence- the Disinformation Guide to Drugs"
Cont. High Times mag/.com
Cont. Editor http://www.disinfo.com
Columnist New York Waste

----- Original Message ----- 
From: David Borden
To: Preston Peet
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 10:03 AM
Subject: Drug War Chronicle in 2005

 DRCNet Foundation

Dear Drug War Chronicle devotee:
Thanks to your enthusiasm, Drug War Chronicle has completed 7 ½ years of 
publishing - 370 issues, nearly 4,800 articles - and we now move into 2005 
and another year of hopeful, distressing, interesting, ridiculous and 
dangerous developments in drug policy and its impact on our communities and 
world. From mandatory minimum sentencing, to pain doctor prosecutions, 
police ignoring state medical marijuana laws, Afghanistan's drug war, major 
court rulings, ongoing chronicling of the consequences of prohibition, the 
latest hair-brained drug warrior idea, David Borden's editorials, This 
Week's Corrupt Cops Stories, coverage of the drug policy reform movement, to 
leading drug warriors like drug czar John Walters and congressman Mark 
Souder and the usually bad things they say and do, Drug War Chronicle will 
be there to provide you with the detailed story behind the story.
Drug War Chronicle is more than a good read, but a tool used by individuals 
and organizations to inform and empower their own work. Following are some 
... "[Drug War Chronicle] is absolutely the best way to keep abreast of the 
issue. It's just a phenomenal resource - full of interesting stories and 
links." - a reporter at the Los Angeles Times
"I've covered the drug story for years, in many places and on many levels. 
Your coverage of the drug scene has been a vital resource for us. You 
provide a continuous flow of information that isn't available from any other 
media source." - a producer of documentaries for HBO
"I thought you'd like to know that I follow your bulletins religiously for 
the simple reason that the Canadian press says little about drugs. So when 
you have drug news, it has very often not been reported here. I flag items 
for my editor - we've had a number of stories that started that way. In 
fact, Pastrana's call for a world conference was a recent example of just 
that. So, your work, based on my experience, is helping making waves even 
when you don't realize it." - a prominent reporter in Canada.
"I use [Drug War Chronicle] as a source for information I disseminate to the 
chapter's local members use the information in conversations and more formal 
talks about drug policy, as well as in letters to the editor." - the 
coordinator of a local chapter of a national organization
"Your newsletter has been an invaluable source of information to us as far 
as keeping up to date on all of the latest issues surrounding addiction and 
drug policy. I read every issue as thoroughly as I can, and reprint and pass 
along many articles to my colleagues and associates. I also have used [Drug 
War Chronicle] in my monthly meetings and also in Patient run support 
groups." - head of a state chapter of a national addiction-related advocacy 
After we ran a story in June 2003 about the cancellation of a NORML/SSDP 
fundraiser in Billings, MT, following a threat by DEA agents to prosecute 
club owners under the controversial "RAVE Act," our story was forwarded by a 
constituent of a member of Congress to one of her staffers, who then 
contacted us for information. The staffer is working on monitoring the Act 
to prevent abuses, and subscribed to our list.
A prominent agency head in South America wrote: "Our work is well known in 
Brazil and I serve on government committees as well as present at most of 
the conferences here. [Drug War Chronicle] has been a major source of 
information and has helped shape our treatment programs as well as 
influenced many policies and conferences, where the only other sources have 
been the official USG and UN policies."

This year's Chronicle coverage owes much thanks to a generous $40,000 grant 
provided late last year by the Educational Foundation of America. However, 
the Chronicle's total expenses last year came to approximately $67,000, and 
we're anticipating a similar budget for it this year. With a sixth of the 
grant having gone to 2004, that leaves us needing to generate roughly half 
of that amount, or $33,500, from other sources. We had hoped to be able to 
raise and set this money aside last year. But frankly, the presidential 
election campaigns, which were the most expensive in history, hit our 
fundraising like a ton of bricks. The numbers tell the story: During the 
first half of 2004, donations under $500 in size to DRCNet totaled $40,374. 
During the second half of 2004, they came to only $21,095, slightly over 
half as much.

If we don't raise the other $33,500... to be honest, we'll squeak by, but 
the money will then have to come out of our other programs. And since DRCNet 
is not just a reporting organization, but an activist one as well, that will 
mean less work done for drug policy reform on Capitol Hill and out in the 
grassroots trenches. To make 2005 an activist year fostering change, we are 
asking you to donate to support Drug War Chronicle or to make a pledge to 
donate at some specified time this year. Please click here to make a 
one-time donation to Drug War Chronicle, or click here to sign up to donate 
monthly. Or, send us an e-mail to let us know how much you are pledging and 
for when.
As a special encouragement, we are offering an exciting new incentive: 
Donate $40 or more once, or $10 or more per month, and receive a 
complimentary copy of Under The Influence: The Disinformation Guide to 
Drugs, edited by Preston Peet, an engaging collection of 49 essays about the 
drug war, including two by Drug War Chronicle's own Phil Smith. Click here 
to read the Drug War Chronicle review of Under The Influence.

When Ecuadoran former army colonel Lucio Gutierrez gave an interview to 
Chronicle editor Phil Smith at an anti-Plan Colombia conference, he didn't 
expect it to come back to haunt him when three years later as President of 
Ecuador, under US pressure, he denied attending that conference or ever 
opposing Plan Colombia. But El Universo, one of Ecuador's largest daily 
papers, found the interview online. The article ran on the front page - 
click here to read it online (in Spanish).

Contributions to DRCNet Foundation to support Drug War Chronicle are 
tax-deductible. (If you select a gift item, the portion of your donation 
that you can deduct is reduced by the item's retail price.) Contributions to 
the Drug Reform Coordination Network supporting our lobbying work are 
not-deductible. If you want to make a donation in this category, please lick 
here to go to our main donation page instead. The address for checks or 
money orders is P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036; contact us for 
information if you wish to make a donation of stock.
Thank you for your support of Drug War Chronicle. As the book title 
suggests, the drug war is sustained in part by a torrent of disinformation. 
And disinformation can only be countered by... valid information... hence 
Drug War Chronicle. Please feel free to write or call if you have any 
questions, and stay tuned for a challenging but hopefully successful year in 
drug policy reform!

David Borden
Executive Director

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